Woodfrys Farm The Greener Camping Club

UK England South West England Dorset Shaftesbury

  • 10+ metres between camping pitches
  • Deep cleaning of shared facilities
  • "We're Good To Go" accredited
  • Hand sanitising stations
  • Electrical hook-ups
  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Good walks nearby
A sustainable, family-run smallholding in rural Dorset with a small lakeside campsite

The lake, the cows, the chalk stream… Woodfrys Farm isn’t just a campsite, it’s a taste of rural Dorset. This 25-acre smallholding, nestled below Melbury Hill in Melbury Abbas, is home to Liam, Hannah, their children and herds of pedigree rare breeds like Hereford cattle and British Lop pigs. Tawny owls and Soprano Pipistrelle bats can be spotted in the sky at night, while ducks, herons and the occasional egret take the dayshift. There’s room on the farm for campers too, of course. But only a few, and only if you book early enough to bag one of the small handful of pitches available.

Surrounded by mature trees, Woodfrys is an easy place to relax. There are two camping areas, the Water Meadow and the Ridge. The former is just for tents and is set between the campsite’s one-acre lake – crowned by a beautiful willow on an island – and a clear chalk stream that’s ideal for dipping your toes in on a hot summers day. The Ridge, meanwhile, is on a raised bank overlooking the meadow and valley and can accommodate a couple of campervans as well as tents. All pitches have their own picnic table and fire pit and are each individually mown into the grass, so your tent is really in the midst of it all. You can’t choose your exact spot in advance, since Hannah and Liam rotate the pitches to protect the ground, but if you choose the meadow you’ll always get a waterfront patch.

From the recycling and the compsting loos, to the ‘Shower Shack’ made out of locally sourced waney edge larch, everything here is done with sustainability in mind. When you book, you also join the Greener Camping Club, giving access to some of the greenest campsites in the UK and planting a tree for every holiday. Liam and Hannah have also begun to develop their productive market garden, planting up areas with orchards and soft fruits so that they can provide fruit and veg to campers and locals alike. Alongside this, free range eggs from their chickens are up for grabs at the gates, fresh from the farm hens.

If you want to get fully immersed in nature, the farm’s well located on the western edge of the Cranbourne Chase AONB, with Melbury Beacon across the other side of the valley (a scenic walk from the campsite) and Fontmell Down just beyond. Swathes of this land are owned by the National Trust and the area is also within a Dark Sky Reserve, meaning there is just as much to enjoy here on a clear starry night as there is on a sunny day. The pretty hilltop town of Shaftesbury is within walking distance too, with streets that are (literally) out of a Hovis advert and, for a long day out, it’s a 40-minute drive to the Jurassic Coast.

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Details

Facilities

Lovely short walks in the Water Meadow around the pond, and crossing the bridges on the chalk stream
Day fishing on the pond is included as part of your stay, but you will need to organise a rod licence from the environment agency.

Suitable For

Suitable for campers, tents, campervans, families, couples, solo-travellers, well-behaved dogs.

Greener Camping

As a member of the Greener Camping Club the ethos behind our campsite is camping in harmony with nature.  When you book with us, a £10 membership fee is added to the price of your booking and you will be signed up to become a member of the Greener Camping Club. GCC membership year runs from 1st January to 31st December and gives you access to some of the greenest campsites in the UK. It also includes participation in the 'Trees for Life' scheme, whereby a tree is planted here for every member who stays with us! If you join on or after 1st September, your membership is valid until 31st December of the following year. If you're already a member, just email us your membership card and apply the code GCCM10 to your booking and the membership fee will be deducted.

Nearby

Just seven minutes drive from Shaftesbury, and on the border of Dorset and Wiltshire, Woodfrys Farm is in a fantastic location to escape the crowds. You can reach all of Dorset's amazing beaches in between 45 minutes to 1 hour 30 minutes driving, so a day trip out to fossil hunt at Charmouth, or enjoy the white sandy beach and safe sea swimming at Studland is all within reach.

From the farm, you can walk or cycle to some beautiful places, like the National Trust's Melbury Beacon and Fontmell Down which is a short walk (and a big hill!) away. There's a lovely circular walk from the farm taking you past the nearby Mill, along the stream before climbing to the heights of Melbury Beacon, with stunning views over Shaftesbury and the Cranborne Chase.

Archaeology is on the doorstep with some exceptional hillforts a short drive away like Hambledon Hill or Hod Hill, one of the only hillforts in the country with a Roman camp in the middle of it.

The pace of life, scenic settings, and bounty of wildlife make this area a real escape from day to day life.

Food & Drink

A visit to Compton Abbas airfield and café is a great place to grab a bite to eat, spot planes and enjoy great views - You can walk to it from the farm, or drive.  Many of the nearby villages and Shaftesbury have lovely pubs and cafés with something for every price range. 

Open

May–October.

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The Owner Says

Woodfrys Farm is a wild-ish campsite in the most scenic of settings. If you want to get back to nature in fantastic surroundings, then this campsite is for you. Nestled in the North Dorset countryside in easy striking distance of Shaftesbury, you can decide whether to go out or relax onsite watching the birdlife on the lake, paddling in the stream, or walking the meadow. We're in the Cranbourne Chase AONB, which is a Dark Sky Reserve, with dark nights and starry skies. Torches are a must!

There's two camping areas - the Water Meadow or the Ridge. The Water Meadow is just for tents and is set in between the lake and the chalk stream, whilst the Ridge is on a raised bank looking down over the Water Meadow and the valley. Ridge Pitches are suitable for tents or campervans, and electric hook up is available if you want it.

All pitches are mown into the meadow and are generous in size, approximately 10m by 10m.

Facilities

Each pitch is supplied with a picnic table and fire pit with logs available to purchase. A large tub with kindling and lightings is £5, all sustainably harvested on the farm.

​New for 2021 are compost toilets and hot showers with a wild Woodfrys touch. In the Water Meadow there are two compost toilets and handwashing in the communal area near the lake where there's a also a giant fire pit and a great view.

​Up behind the Ridge, we are developing 'The Shower Shack'; two hot showers, wash basins, compost toilet and hot wash up area. Made out of locally sourced waney edge larch and corrugated iron, the showers will be well sized with ample room for getting changed and whilst we expect them to be basic and quirky in nature, they will give a great outdoor shower experience. As it is all in development we haven't got any pictures yet but will post them soon.

Recycling, composting and rubbish facilities are available in designated areas, and we ask everyone to recycle and compost as much as you can and give you a composting caddy on arrival to help you get started.

Pitches

Three or four camping pitches in the water meadow and a couple more up on the ridge (campervans are only permitted on the ridge).

The Ridge

Grass pitch with electricity Sleeps 6
Electric hook-up optional grass pitch for tent or campervan

The Ridge

Grass pitch with electricity Sleeps 6
Electric hook-up optional grass pitch for tent or campervan

The Water Meadow

Grass pitch Sleeps 6
Grass camping pitch situated between the pond and the chalk stream

The Water Meadow

Grass pitch Sleeps 6
Grass camping pitch situated between the pond and the chalk stream

The Water Meadow

Grass pitch Sleeps 6
Grass camping pitch situated between the pond and the chalk stream

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Location

Contact Woodfrys Farm, Redmans Lane, Melbury Abbas, Dorset SP7 0DB

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